Minujin, Marta (1940–)

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Minujin, Marta (1940–)

Marta Minujin (b. 30 January 1940), Argentine sculptor and painter. Born in Buenos Aires, Minujin studied at the School of Visual Arts from 1953 to 1959. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966. In New York she oversaw a series of art "happenings," including "Interpenning" and "Kindapenning," which were held in 1972 and 1973, respectively, in the gardens of the Museum of Modern Art. One of her most famous works from the 1980s is "Partenón de libros" (1983), displayed in Buenos Aires. It is a replica of the Parthenon built from books that were outlawed during the Argentinean military dictatorship. Her bronze and plaster sculptures find their inspiration in Greek art. Liberated from traditional rules and stripped of context, they constitute a new spatial conception that proposes the possibility of linking sculpture with architecture through a different idea of movement through the use of constructive kinetics. She has exhibited in New York City as well as throughout Latin America. In 1999 the Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires presented an exhibition of her work titled "Vivir en arte."

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century .


Marta Minujin: Recent Sculptures, catalog of Yvonne Séguy Gallery, New York (1984).

Vicente Gesualdo, Aldo Biglione, and Rodolfo Santos, Diccionario de artistas plá sticos en la Argentina (1988).

Additional Bibliography

Fusco, Coco. Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas. London: Routledge, 2000.

Glusberg, Jorge. Marta Minujin. Buenos Aires: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2000.

                          Amalia Cortina Aravena